"I can't do yoga because I'm not flexible."

“I CAN’T DO YOGA BECAUSE I’M NOT FLEXIBLE.”

As a yoga teacher, I cannot tell you how many times I have heard this statement so I thought I’d delve into the topic of “flexibility.” Have you ever wondered why some people are effortlessly flexible and others stretch consistently and see little to no change?

Well, our flexibility is determined by two things – our muscles and our bones.  Have you ever been told in yoga that if you practice every day, one day you’ll be able to touch your toes or have your heels touch the floor in downward dog or be able to do the splits?  Well, this isn’t always true.

We are able to improve our flexibility and mobility by stretching regularly; however, we don’t have control over the shape of our bones. Our bodies are unique in so many ways, and our skeleton is no exception.  For example, some people have deep hip sockets and some people have more shallow hip sockets, which allow for more flexibility in that joint.  Maybe you have experienced this with a frustratingly flexible friend who has done little to no yoga and immediately pops into down dog with heels completely flat on the floor while your heels are still off the floor even though you have been consistently practicing!  There could be a couple of reasons for this: one, you might have tight hamstrings (another topic) or, two, that due to the anatomical makeup of your ankle joint, it’s just not possible for your heels to reach the floor.  And, you know what?  That’s okay!   Keep working YOUR own down dog.  Listen to your body.   Listen to your teacher for alignment tips.   Remember that more flexibility isn’t always better.  Just because your heels do not touch the floor in down dog or your hands don’t touch the floor in forward fold, doesn’t mean you are “not good in yoga.”  We don’t like comparisons in yoga, and that is why we like to cover the mirrors in our yoga classes at The Yoga Barre. 

Moving your body is a gift.  Celebrate this!   So, we’d like to let go of the worn out statement, “I can’t do yoga because I’m not flexible.”  Try a yoga class to get a taste of what you’re missing.   

We’d love to have you in any of our classes at The Yoga Barre.  Our Yoga Basics series begins 4:00 pm, Sunday, October 7 and will be held for six consecutive Sundays.   Amanda Walley, Kripalu trained yoga teacher, 200 hour RYT, will be teaching this series. We are honored to have her join our team. 

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Why Consistent Healthy Habits are Crucial for Good Health

Why Consistent Healthy Habits are Crucial for Good Health

Bad habits can be hard to break, but consistently making the right choices for your health and lifestyle will replace your bad habits with good ones. You are what you do, and consistent planning, scheduling, and sticking to a healthy diet, sleep, and exercise routines can quickly turn your health around for the better. At The Yoga Barre, we’re not a gym. We believe in a holistic approach to health and fitness. Below are some of the habits you can incorporate into your schedule to get yourself back in shape and feeling good. 

Get Adequate Sleep

American adults are some of the most sleep-deprived people on the planet. Sleep deprivation not only causes daytime drowsiness and mental fog, but it can also increase the risk of accidents and lead to weight gain. When your body doesn’t get its energy from sleep and rest, it will get energy elsewhere, usually in the form of calorie dense foods. Without proper sleep, you are at risk of succumbing to unhealthy food cravings. 

Adults should get between seven and eight hours per night of uninterrupted sleep to feel refreshed and maintain a healthy weight. Studies show that watching TV or reading on a digital device can throw your circadian rhythms out of whack. Try to limit screen time in the final hours before bed so you can fall asleep quicker, and limit any caffeine at least six hours before bedtime. Getting exercise during the day in the form of yoga, barre and PiYo classes can help you feel relaxed enough in the evenings to fall asleep. 

Eat a Clean Diet

Eliminate processed foods, and cut back on refined sugars and carbs. If it comes in a package or can, it’s best to avoid it. Try to eat whole foods, and get plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet every day.   And drink your water!

Make a Plan

You’re more likely to stick to healthy habits and lifestyle changes if you make a plan first. Planning can help you think more clearly and see where you need to make any changes. Consider planning out healthy meals in advance, so you aren’t tempted to snack or grab fast food. Plus, you can take control of your time and your schedule with a plan in place. 


Stick to Appointments

It’s crucial that you make time in your plans for scheduling classes at The Yoga Barre. Consistency with class attendance will help you reach your goals even faster. Make a habit of consistently attending yoga, barre, and PiYo classes, and you’ll reap the benefits of a fit and healthy lifestyle. 

While making an effort to get adequate sleep and eat a healthy diet will dramatically improve the quality of your life, it’s not enough. Consistently making appointments and attending class at The Yoga Barre will take your health to the next level. You’ll get in shape and also look and feel great. Contact The Yoga Barre today and begin the habit of consistently scheduling your yoga, barre, and PiYo classes.

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The Benefits of Yoga and Barre Classes

The Benefits Of Yoga And Barre Classes

The positive feelings – and results – of a good yoga and barre class are unmatched.    Yoga and barre complement each other very well.   At The Yoga Barre, we have designed our weekly class schedule so our clients get cardio, strength and flexibility in a very comfortable and motivating setting.      

Are yoga and barre classes just a fad?  Absolutely not.   Yoga has been around for 5,000 years – yes, 5,000 years!   Safe to say it’s here to stay.  Barre is “relatively new” to our area but has been around for many, many years.  At The Yoga Barre, our barre method is Barre Intensity, which combines elements of yoga, Pilates, dance and functional fitness into one great, low impact workout.  The best of everything in one workout – definitely here to stay!

Not sure if barre or yoga is right for you? Here are a few of the health benefits you can enjoy by participating in yoga or barre classes with our certified instructors:

1. Increased Flexibility

Yoga is incredible for increasing your flexibility.  Even if you’re just a beginner, the poses that you do in yoga are a fantastic way to stretch out your muscles, and improve your flexibility. Better flexibility can help you in a number of ways – from improving your posture, to better performance when running or undertaking other athletic activities, and even reducing your risk of an athletic injury.

Barre also helps with flexibility. The isometric “micro-movements” used in barre classes help strengthen muscles and make them more flexible simultaneously – making it a wonderful full-body workout.

 2. Strengthens And Tones Muscles

 If you want long, lean muscle, barre and yoga are both ideal choices. Barre helps strengthen your muscles and adds muscle tone without adding excessive bulk, which makes it a fantastic choice if you are looking to get stronger without lifting weights, or using weight machines.

Yoga is also a fantastic way to strengthen your muscles. The isometric exercises used in more advanced poses activate multiple muscles groups at once, and help you build up your entire body.  And because yoga also helps you stretch and become more flexible, you’ll be able to use your strength to its fullest potential.

Together, barre and yoga can help you achieve a healthy body.  You’ll have the strength you need, and will be able to develop toned and leaned muscle without excess bulk.

3. Improves Cardiovascular And Aerobic Performance

 Barre is an intense workout that combines both light, high repetition weight and cardiovascular training into a single session. You’ll be breathing hard by the end of it – and the cardio workout of barre helps you increase the efficiency of your cardiovascular system, and burn quite a few calories simultaneously.  That’s a win-win!

And although yoga is not nearly as intense on the cardiovascular system, it does have a large impact on your aerobic performance. Yoga is all about breath control, and understanding your own body. As you continue to practice yoga, you will develop a much better mind-body connection, and feel more confident in your aerobic capacity, and your level of cardiovascular fitness.

Interested? Give Yoga And Barre A Try Today!

At The Yoga Barre, we offer vinyasa flow yoga, gentle yoga, Barre Intensity, and PiYo classes – and we’re always accepting new students.  So whether you’re interested in the mind-body enhancing power of yoga, the cardiovascular and muscular benefits of barre – or both – we’d love to hear from you!   You can find our class schedule and pricing options on our website – theyogabarre.net